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Doing more of the same won’t help our economy

Albert Einstein was said to have remarked, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” In other words, doing more of the same really won’t help.  It is insane to think that Malaysia can avoid the next economic mayhem by doing more of the same, or worse still, doing… Read More

GST: the cat is out of the bag, finally

Media statement by DAP Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 18th May 2013 in Kuala Lumpur:  GST: the cat is out of the bag, finally With Idris Jala’s latest revelation, the Barisan Nasional Government is finally letting the goods and services tax (GST) cat out of the bag. Pakatan Rakyat… Read More

Pakatan Rakyat: Building an economy for all

Barisan Nasional paraded its “55 years” of track record” in “fulfillment of promises” – Janji Ditepati –  during the Prime Minister Najib Razak’s recent roadshows and on National Day 2012. One would expect a government with such a long experience in office would have long term strategies for the nation. Unfortunately, apart from arguing that… Read More

Small and medium industries deserve a better deal

Joint media statement by Pakatan Rakyat Policy Committee on 16th January 2013 in Kuala Lumpur Small and medium industries deserve a better deal Pakatan Rakyat understands the concerns of the small and medium entrepreneur industries (SMEs) especially in the context of the implementation of minimum wage policy and calls on the Barisan Nasional Federal Government… Read More

Rethinking wage policy to reposition our economy

Although the minimum wage law is scheduled to take effect in January 2013, the Barisan Nasional Government does not seem to be particularly committed to re-imagine the Malaysian economy through wage policy reform. Efforts to smoothen the transition for small and middle industries are seriously lacking too. Minimum wage is meant to tackle several long-standing… Read More

Agenda Ekonomi Saksama

Amidst an increasing global realisation that inequality hurts growth, general well-being of the population and, ultimately, stability, DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng articulates an Agenda Ekonomi Saksama to orient DAP and Pakatan Rakyat on the question of inequality. At a Roketkini forum, Guan Eng plays on the initials of the Automated Enforcement System in jest… Read More

World Bank’s Report on Malaysian Minimum Wages

WB Minimum Wages

In view of the near-nonsensical discussion in the media on minimum wage by Barisan Nasional elected representatives, I decided to release my copy of a confidential report by the World Bank to the Malaysian Government entitled “Optimal design for a minimum wage policy in Malaysia.” I am encouraged to do so by Kota Belud MP… Read More

Minimum wage: unsubstantiated statements by Chua Tee Yong and Chua Soi Lek

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Media statement by Liew Chin Tong, DAP MP for Bukit Bendera, on Sunday 7th October 2012 Minimum wage: unsubstantiated statements by Chua Tee Yong and Chua Soi Lek MCA President Dr Chua Soi Lek and his son Deputy Agriculture Minister Chua Tee Yong should debate economic policies with facts and sound arguments and not make… Read More

Pakatan’s Comprehensive labour policy reforms aim to uplift the nation

The BN Youth Chief clearly needs some lessons macro-economics. While Barisan Nasional Youth can tolerate corruption and wastages to the tune of billions but it is a crime from the BN Youth Chief’s point of view when Pakatan tries to improve workers’ share of national income so that they live a dignified life and contribute… Read More

The Government is Insincere about GST

As far as the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) is concerned, the Barisan Nasional has turned lying into an art form in the 2013 Budget. On the one hand, the Finance Minister desires to assure the financial sector that the federal government has the means to continue to finance wastages and corruption without… Read More

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    Facebook IconOctober 1, 2014 at 7:57 pm

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    In an article published last year, Chin Tong had argued that the fuel hike in September 2013 would cause more road accidents and deaths as no adequate, efficient and affordable public transport services has been provided for the people.

    He wrote: "Research has shown that motorcycle fatalities shot up as a result of the March 2006 and June 2008 fuel hikes as the lower income group switched transport modes from cars to motorcycles. A new human disaster of more motorcycle fatalities is imminent, following the latest petrol price increase.

    In other countries where public transport services are adequately and efficiently provided, petrol price increase will encourage private car drivers to switch to public transport.

    However, in the case of Malaysia, each fuel hike exercise means more deaths on the road."

    A year later, the argument may be still relevant for the price hike imposed today.

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    Fuel hike – Najib is personally responsible for the consequences of human disaster

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    Research has shown that motorcycle fatalities shot up as a result of the March 2006 and June 2008 fuel hikes as the lower income group switched transport modes from cars to motorcycles. A new human disaster of more motorcycle fatalities is imminent, following the latest petrol price increase. Prime…

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    Facebook IconSeptember 30, 2014 at 10:03 am

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    An interesting video about the concept of walkable cities and reducing the car usage. Food for thought.

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    The walkable city - Cobish News

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    A city saves money for its residents by being more walkable and more bikeable ..... - More updates at cobish.com

    Liew Chin Tong
    Facebook IconSeptember 30, 2014 at 9:37 am

    It took the Johor MB a long week to break his silence.

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    Johor denies report on water tariff increase

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    No request to increase water tariff received, says Johor menteri besar. 

    Liew Chin Tong
    Facebook IconSeptember 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Cara untuk tangguh GST: Bayar rakyat untuk guna bas

    Apabila saya melontarkan soalan "bolehkah kita bayar rakyat supaya mereka menaiki bas?" lantas dibalas dengan jawapan "tidak!". Namun seandainya kita meneliti dengan lebih mendalam, barangkali pengangkutan awam (terutamanya bas memandangkan pengangkutan jenis lain lebih menelan kos dan memakan masa untuk direalisasikan) yang ditampung dana awam adalah jawapan untuk menangani cabaran ekonomi dan kewangan Malaysia.

    Kerajaan Najib telah bertekad untuk melakukan dua perkara serentak pada tahun kewangan akan datang, iaitu pertama, melaksanakan Cukai Barang dan Perkhidmatan (GST) mulai 1 April 2015; dan, kedua, menurut Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Idris Jala, harga minyak akan dinaikkan sebanyak 30% hingga 50%. Sudah tentu kerajaan kita lebih selesa dengan kata-kata yang lebih lunak, iaitu "rasionalisasi subsidi", jika dibandingkan dengan istilah yang senang difahami ramai, iaitu "naik harga".

    Dalam isu GST, Perdana Menteri Dato’ Seri Najib Razak telah menerima nasihat yang kurang bijak daripada penasihatnya, juga firma akaun (yang kebetulan menjadi satu-satunya pihak yang dimanfaatkan oleh pelaksanaan GST) - bahawa GST adalah cara terbaik untuk mengimbangi angka perbelanjaan atas kertas. Sudah tentu beliau akan membayar harga politik yang membebankan, untuk faktor antaranya, pertama, tidak meneliti secara terperinci; kedua, tidak menangani masalah rasuah dan pembaziran sebelum melaksanakan sistem pencukaian yang zalim dan; ketiganya, tidak mencari alternatif yang lain.

    GST adalah cukai baru ke atas jutaan rakyat Malaysia yang sebelum ini tidak pernah membayar cukai secara langsung. Dengan pelaksanaan GST kelak, mereka terpaksa membayar cukai apabila mereka membeli. Sudah tentu kita sedar akan masalah "elak cukai" yang berlaku sekarang, tetapi kita mempunyai undang-undang yang memadai untuk menangani masalah ini. Jadi masalah "elak cukai" bukan isu di sini.

    Realitinya kebanyakan rakyat tidak membayar cukai kerana pendapatan mereka tidak mencecah angka yang memadai untuk dikenakan cukai. Kerajaan Barisan Nasional sudah tentu memahami hakikat ini dan telah menabur gula BR1M untuk isi keluarga yang mana pendapatan bulanan mereka di bawah paras RM4,000. Lebih 60% daripada populasi Malaysia tergolong dalam kategori ini.

    Maka kenyataan Najib bahawa GST adalah "adil" untuk mengagihkan beban daripada cuma 1.2 juta pembayar cukai sekarang kepada semua rakyat Malaysia, menjadi bahan lawak.

    Pelaksanaan GST pada peringkat ini menghakis lagi pendapatan boleh guna oleh golongan 60% dari bawah. Dengan kata lain perut perlu diikat dengan lebih ketat lagi. Belum lagi kita menyentuh impak negatifnya terhadap ekonomi permintaan domestik secara keseluruhannya. Permintaan domestik telah menjadi talian hayat kepada ekonomi Malaysia sejak krisis kewangan global berlaku, kerana pasaran luar telah menjadi terbantut.

    Tawaran kerajaan untuk pelaksanaan GST adalah potongan cukai pendapatan, dan ia akan menjurus ke arah sesebuah masyarakat yang lebih tidak sama rata.

    Baca selanjutnya: http://liewchintong.com/?p=7460

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    Facebook IconSeptember 29, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Liew Chin Tong shared Steven Sim Chee Keong 沈志强's photo.

    just delivered a speech on challenges to democracy at a meeting of European and Asian social democrats in Manila

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    "Growth must be distributed, distribution is growth" - @LiewChinTong at the Socdem conference on decent work.

    By: Steven Sim Chee Keong 沈志强